Listen To Older Voices : Judy Donnelly – Part 3

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives...

Australia’s residential aged care facilities are getting bigger and less home-like

Residential aged care facilities should be more like a home and less like a hospital. from shutterstock.com Most older people want to stay at home as long as they can. When this is no longer possible, they move into residential aged care facilities, which become their home. But Australia’s care facilities for the aged are...

Sunday essay: what do we want to be when we grow up?

Government MPs raise their hands in response to a question from Scott Morrison: our PM emulates a Pentecostal preacher, engaging in the call and response that features in that tradition. Mick Tsikas/AAP For the most formative years of my childhood I lived in the western district of Victoria. You may recall the evocative...

A community fix for the affordable housing crisis

Caggara House in Brisbane caters for low-income residents aged 55 and over who previously lived alone in state-owned houses that were too big for their needs. UDIA Qld/Facebook Jeannie loves her apartment. It has a separate bedroom, a small bathroom, and an open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining area. It’s compact, but sliding doors...

‘Just a piece of meat’: how homeless women have little choice but to use sex for survival

Homeless women are particularly vulnerable to gendered violence. from shutterstock.com Women comprise 42% of Australia’s homeless population. Not only do many women become homeless due to family violence, homelessness can expose them to further gendered violence. Research shows homeless women experience violence – or feel vulnerable to it – in crisis accommodation, such as private rooming houses and motels, to which housing services often refer them...

Listen To Older Voices : John Skrinjar – Part 2

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times & Tagg Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying...

Listen To Older Voices : John Skrinjar – Part 1

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of...

Listen To Older Voices : Charles Pallaghy – Part 3

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Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the...

Must love jokes: why we look for a partner who laughs (and makes us laugh)

There are many reasons why those who laugh and can make others laugh are attractive mates. Shutterstock Whether we’re looking for love or lust, we look for someone with a good sense of humour. Studies of courtship on Tinder and Facebook show that a sense of humour is the most valued quality in a potential mate. A philosophy of humour as a virtue sheds light...

Look up #happycity and here’s what you’ll find

The same things tend to make people happy-such as nature and colour. (Jardin des Curiosités, Lyon, France)  Léonard Cotte/Unsplash City planners and designers want to build cities that are liveable, healthy and smart. Yet, in the abundance of research and guidelines on how to make healthy cities, happiness seems to be missing. Research shows urban environments have an impact on our...